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Food for Thought
on 16 July 2010
In this book, Solzhenitsyn takes the reader through a day in life of Ivan Denisovich in minute detail. I found it totally absorbing and thought about it so much that I had to re read. It's a testament to human endurance and spirit. Although a study of life in the labour camps should be depressing, the book is uplifting in that the characters turn their situation around to make the best of a bad lot.I felt humbled after reading the book and privileged to have glimpsed into the life of this couragous man.
Like The Cancer Ward, by the same author, the names are obviously unfamiliar being set in Soviet Russia and I personally found this quite hard work as I kept refering back. This is my only negative comment.
Solzhenitsyn of course writes from experience and explains his survival in the camps. I couldn't help but compare his situaton with our own comfortable world. Mental and physical processes linked to get maximum value from every morsel. Every morsel appreciated to the full.
Be warned, reading this could change your eating habits.
A great and absorbing read.